The RSA conference is quite a show. There are hundreds of exhibitors in this huge hall. Lots of very cool stuff. The major themes seem to be moving from passive to active defense, baking security into the network, and automatic application of security policy management withing networks. All good things. It’s also easy to see that the engine of VC investment, investments in well over 300 companies since 1998, is in full swing here. You have to like the vibe.
There’s been a lot of talk of spam, spyware, phishing and carding. These are serious issues. But it’s always struck me that part of this story is ‘there’s nothing new under the sun.’ We’ve been dealing with illegal activity since the beginning of time. In the off-line world we call this theft, fraud, deceptive trade practices and extortion (and way back when -- ‘boosting on trains’ and ‘piracy on the high-seas’). The use of the net is a new tool to be sure, but I really think the underlying legal and moral principles here are the same. We really need to stamp this out. We’re going to hear from the head of the US Secret Service later today and I’m looking forward to seeing his plan. I hope it is fully robust. Let’s bring back Elliot Ness. This is global, a lot of the activity is coming from organized crime overseas, so I hope he’s got the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty game down cold.
I was excited yesterday when John Chambers talked dynamically, broadly and deeply about the vision of self defending networks, adaptive threat defenses and infusing security into networks, including the application layer. He put it in both a broad and specific context, and I think people got it and were thrilled. Really worth a look at the presentation, link in post yesterday post by John Earnhardt.
Well, off to the conference…. More to come… Cheers…
Cisco President and CEO John Chambers this morning keynoted at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco. He talked about the need of networks to be “self-defending” and intelligent in order to operate effectively in the new communications environment. He said that the network is a strategic business asset that has to be protected. SEE THE KEYNOTE HERE. (Free registration required).
News story on his keynote.
Cisco’s RSA Conference Online Press kit.
Cisco’s new self-defending network strategy..
The RSA Security conference organizers are clearly secure in their own relationships. The conference starts today (Valentine’s Day) in San Francisco and either a) attendees brought their significant others along to celebrate this most Hallmark holidays of Hallmark holidays; or b) attendees have an agreement just to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays and end of year holidays or c) attendees are “still looking to find that special someone” and prefer to have a conference to attend rather than face another Valentine’s day without a date. I’m guessing it is a combination of the three.
There will be plenty of Cisco participation (Cisco President and CEO John Chambers presents on Wednesday) and our own Adam Golodner will be blogging with some of his thoughts on the conference each day. More information on the conference here.
Interesting article on what EU is doing on holistic security program(me), including “protection of networked systems, such as communication systems, utilities, transports systems against electronic or physical threats.”
Interesting comment in the article from Commission Vice-President G?Verheugen “The Preparatory Action is forging the way towards a comprehensive European Security Research Programme as the basis for all security-related research in support of EU policies. The objectives of security research are clearly to enhance the security of European citizens and at the same time increase competitiveness in the relevant industrial sectors.” Full article here.
I’m Adam Golodner, Director of Global Security Policy for Cisco. I’m based in Washington, DC and work with our business leaders on security policy issues. Security has been and continues to be a core issue for Cisco — we continue to build security into our own networks, help our customers protect theirs, and support efforts to strengthen critical public infrastructure. The market is the most powerful driver of innovation and we are focused on meeting the security demands of our customers, and market-based solutions will provide the best results for them. With this blog, I will attempt to let you know what I think is important that is going on in security policy. I will report my thoughts from conferences, from news reports and whatever I think might be of interest to those following the security policy debate. I welcome feedback.
Cisco’s official security policy can be viewed in full at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/about/gov/networks/security.html.